6 popular places to visit in Phu Quoc, Vietnam
6 popular places to visit in Phu Quoc, Vietnam
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Sao Beach, Phu Quoc – The “postcard-perfect” beach
Sao Beach is located near the south of An Thoi Port and 30 kilometers from Duong Dong Town. Mother of Nature favors Sao Beach with the white sand beach embracing the crystal blue sea and swaying palm trees. Visiting Sao Beach, you can find many special marine species you haven’t ever seen before such as needlefish, jellyfish and sea urchin.
The very north and south end of the beach is a wonderful place for snorkeling. If the weather permits, you can have chances of swimming through the body of turquoise blue water and discovering the diversity of corals, small fish, starfish, and other sea creatures. Visiting Sao Beach, don’t forget to take a photo with the paradise swing, the most romantic spot on the island. It’s just a wooden swing tied to a palm, but it’s really lovely. If you are seeking adventure, kitesurfing is a great choice for you.
Long Beach – The hub of outdoor activities
Located on the western coast of Phu Quoc, Long Beach is cited as the hub of outdoor activities. Visiting Long Beach, you can have chances to experience a wide range of interesting activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, jet-skiing, stand up paddle boarding and water skiing. After that, you can chill yourself out by enjoying fresh coconut juice under the shadow of a palm. Alternatively, you can lounge on the golden sand beach, listen to ocean waves crashing and admire the stunning sunset. If luckily, you can catch the sight of a rare green flash before the sun completely sets.
Ganh Dau Beach – The mecca for sporty people
Departing from Duong Dong Town, coming across the Phu Quoc Nation Park, you will see a picturesque beach, called “Ganh Dau Beach”, before your eyes. Located on the remote northwestern tip of the island, Ganh Dau Beach is lined with the homes of the local fishing families and two distinct beaches. Ganh Dau Beach is a palm-fringed, sun-drenched beach shielded by two mountains. The sand in Ganh Dau Beach is straw in color and a bit coarse due to a vast amount of coral found in the water. Visiting Ganh Dau Beach, you can drop in Nguyen Trung Truc Temple to read the story about the life of the national hero Nguyen Trung Truc on the wooden board. If you’d love to understand more about the daily lives of the locals, visit Ganh Dau Fishing Village or Rach Vem Hamlet.
In addition, you can visit Turtle Island, the lovely uninhabited island, and utter the relaxation for a full day like Robinson Crusoe. This island is also an ideal snorkeling and scuba diving spot. Alternatively, you can lounge on Mouse Island, and observe many beautiful birds with the naked eyes. To complete your journey perfectly, don’t forget to visit the Safari Zoo Phu Quoc with approximately 3000 animals. It’s also a great choice to experience the Amusement Park with fast water slides, roller coasters, and castle. You also can visit the Phu Quoc Casino, the unique casino in Vietnam.
Phu Quoc National Park – An outdoor natural museum
Located 45 kilometers to the north of Duong Dong Town, Phu Quoc National Park comprises more than half of Phu Quoc Island’s north area. Phu Quoc National Park spans over 314,000 m2 and is ringed with Ganh Dau, Bai Thom, Cua Dong, Cua Can and Ham Ninh Commune. Declared as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2010, Phu Quoc National Parks features a vast amount of unique flora and fauna, evergreen forest, and dense mountain ranges.
Phu Quoc National Park is the home of 1,164 species of plants representing 137 families and 66 orders. People estimate that there are over 200 animal species including 28 species of mammals, 119 species of birds, 47 species of reptiles together with 14 species of amphibians. Nowadays, Phu Quoc National Park is strictly protected by the Vietnamese Government for research purposes. However, you can make your way to the Phu Quoc Forest Reserve (Rừng nguyên sinh) where you can do many wonderful activities such as camping, bird-watching, hiking and taking photographs.
If you are seeking a challenge or want to test your endurance, you can visit the Mount Heaven in Phu Quoc National Park. It takes you nearly 4 hours to trek through the evergreen forest to get there. Once standing on the highest peak, 600 meters above the sea level, you will realize how worth it is. From this peak, you can catch the stunning view of the mountain. In addition to the valuable nature diversity, Phu Quoc National Park is the ideal place for many activities such as hiking, kayaking, trekking, and river rafting.
Ham Ninh Fish Village – The most picturesque village
Located 20 kilometers to the North of Duong Dong Town, Ham Ninh Fish Village is famous for its picturesque natural beauty and peaceful daily lives of local fishermen. In the past, the locals here rely solely on fishing to make ends meet. In some recent years, many people receive sufficient income from tourism as they sell seafood and handmade souvenir to tourists. In the hot summer days, Ham Ninh Fish Village is tranquility and sun-drenched, which makes you likely to leave your bustling life behind. Then, you can chill out by immersing into the cool, turquoise and clear water and contemplating the seaweeds floating and tiny fish swimming around.
When it comes to visiting Ham Ninh Village, you also have chances to enjoy many local specialties such as ginseng- seaweed water, Tram mushroom, and boiled crabs. If having enough time, try to stay in Ham Ninh Village until late afternoon to enjoy the golden sunset on the ocean, which is definitely an unforgettable moment. Before coming back, don’t forget to buy some fresh seafood especially a bottle of sea-horse in liquor and local hand-made souvenirs to give your friends and family as presents.
Tranh Stream, Phu Quoc – The most beautiful stream in Phu Quoc
When traveling to Duong Dong Town, it will be a big mistake if you miss out on the Tranh Stream. Tranh Stream in Phu Quoc originates from Ham Ninh Mountain and flows through an evergreen, dense forest and then fall down to create a wonderful waterfall. Perhaps in the past, people deeply, truly admire the picturesque scenery of this stream, so that they call it with the beautiful name “Tranh” (picture).
Tranh Stream is 15 kilometers long and is followed by a well-maintained stone path, which makes it an ideal place for some relaxing picnics and camping trips. Therefore, don’t forget to bring with you some food and camping essentials to set up a camp. Then, you can make your way to the forest for sightseeing, flora & fauna and bird watching Along the trail appear several stops where you can grab a quick snack of corn on the cob, potatoes or deep-fried bananas. After that, you can visit the Grotto of Bat, also called “Hang Doi”, which is the home to beautiful stalactites.
In addition to a relaxing moment when plunge into the cool stream, visiting Tranh Stream may give you a chance of observing a strange species of fish with a weight of 10 kilograms. This type of fish is so rare that even many locals don’t see such an odd fish for a long time. This fish has some dots like those ones on the monk’s head and features a special floating tail. Now, this fish is being raised by the local tourism management team for exhibition purposes.